True measure of efficiency of system is proportion of those who pass Grade 12 relative to those who registered for Grade 10, writes Thabang Motsohi THE National Senior Certificate (NSC) is an important milestone in the lives of all pupils who reach it. Some succeed admirably while others are disappointed. They now have to make critical choices about the careers they wish to follow. For many among them, their choices could have been different if the education system was functioning optimally. The many who are excluded from enrolling for Grade 12 because of poor grades, face a very bleak future. We are again at this difficult time of the year.An education system has different components and dimensions. No single performance metric will be able to provide a comprehensive understanding of how the system works and where the fault-lines are. A critical understanding of the efficiency of any system involves measuring changes that occur to any inputs while in the system and the quality of t...

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